Tin produced for Sheldon & Pearson Ltd, Thornaby

These images show two views of a tin produced for Sheldon & Pearson Ltd in Thornaby. In 1936 Sheldon and Pearson were listed at Prospect Place which was off Mandale Road in Thornaby. Courtesy of Martin Dunnill.


22 thoughts on “Tin produced for Sheldon & Pearson Ltd, Thornaby

  1. Cliff, if like me you had been educated in the wonderful or not years of the Great British Empire you would not need ask the question.
    Great Durbars were held in India the one that may well have influenced the picture on the tin being the Delhi Durbar of 1903 for King Edward V11 who did not actually attend, we had the Cine Camera’s there something new at the time the pictures would be shown in the show houses of the time as something new and wonderful.
    Durbar’s were held also in 1877 Queen Victoria’s Reign and in 1911, dates were learned by wrote and we understood that of all the Empire India was the Jewel in the Crown. I grew up with everything Indian being the in thing, Indian Tea, Indian Rice, Spices, Chutney’s, Sauces, even camp Coffee if manufacturers put Indian on the package it sold so a picture of what looks much like a Painting of the 1877 Durbar would sell sweets, it added Oriental Mystery to the goods as did Turkish Delight, why eat scented jelly otherwise.
    Growing up with Empire I never questioned it as it was normality to us, the Sun never Set on the Empire and in 1947 I fully expected to end up in India with the Army and was very upset when without any preparation the British quit India leaving behind the chaos of no Government and what followed, we got the blame. That was down to a British Government who thought all they had to do was walk away and it would sort itself. I saw the same thing happen in 1948 and that war will never end. I never discuss the rights or wrongs of Empire it is over, we thought it normal, it was how things were or managed at the time, a different time and different way of thinking, right or wrong is today better for those people or worse, that is for others to judge.
    Frank.

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      • Cliff, we are all products of our time and my time included an Education at the Richard Hind School where the Teachers knocked into us boys a love of learning which never went away.
        My Daughter asked about a relative who was killed in London in 1945, she said surely the bombing had finished long before that date. It was my time I had been in London and knew the last V2’s landed 27th March 1945 killing 134 people. The war did not end with a whimper it was full blast to the end and long after into my first posting abroad where we found according to the papers at home we were involved with smaller minor upsets. Lying behind my Bren Gun it did not seem to be minor to us. After six long years people were sick of war and did not want to know.
        Life for most started again in August 1945 when the Atom Bomb Dropped, a new start a different life, out with the old in with the new. Nobody apart from family thought of the thousands of British Forces still out in what was left of Empire and still fighting, we were indeed the forgotten Army.
        Frank.

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  2. On 1 March 1897, the North Eastern Daily Gazette reported that the firm of Sheldon and Pearson had donated 2 guineas to the Indian Famine Fund. So it looks as if the firm was already established by 1900.

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    • Thank you very much for the information on Sheldon and Pearson.
      I am asking site visitors for information about Sheldon and Pearson in this months REMEMBER WHEN, which is part of The Middlesbrough Gazette. Hope I am lucky.

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      • Sheldon & Pearson was behind Pumphries ‘Home of Bridal Icing Sugar’ Lots of girls in Thornaby during the 1950 time went to work there. I remember one of my friends telling me the first thing they were told was that they could eat as many of the sweets as they liked. They quickly found that it was a joke for they soon got to ‘hate’ the sight of sweets.

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    • I was puzzled by the choice of an Indian scene to decorate the box of toffee, until I discovered that puffed rice is served as a popular street food in India.

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  3. The earliest reference I have found so far to Sheldon & Pearson, Manufacturing confectioners, Prospect Place, Thornaby-On-Tees is in a 1913 Kellys trade directory.
    George Sheldon, confectioner, was living at Oaklands, Thornaby Village in 1930. He died in 1937 leaving his effects to his daughter, Ella Sheldon and son Walter Sheldon. George was born in Thornaby -On-Tees c.1873. In 1911 he was a commercial traveller for a confectionary.
    Is he the founder of this company?

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    • Thank you for your info. My grandfather had a brother called Thomas, not sure about the names you gave. Two sisters married two brothers. Thomas’s wife was called Lil. I believe the factory started from having a shop, but I may be wrong. Thank you again but I have very little information, but I hope that will improve.

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      • Christina, Thomas Sheldon (b.1882) married Lily Eleanor Robinson in 1908. Two years earlier, his brother Amos A Sheldon (b.1879) had married Edith Annie Robinson. So these appear to be the two brothers who married the two sisters.
        The brothers were two of the 5 sons of Daniel and Hannah Sheldon who lived at 4 Eldon Street, Thornaby. Daniel is listed in the census as being a wholesale confectioner. Although in the 1901 Census, “wholesale confectioner” has been crossed out and “Baker” substituted. Maybe there was a debate about whether “Puffed Rice Biscuit Toffee” was a sweet or a biscuit, a bit like the recent argument over Jaffa Cakes – biscuits or cakes? George Sheldon, mentioned in the previous post by Martin, was another of Daniel’s sons.

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  4. I noticed that Jean Mason might be able to help me in finding the Kay family that lived in Thornaby. Jean I believe you are connected in some way to Sheldon & Pearson, if so I would be gratful for any help in finding this family as I left the area over 40 years ago and lost contact with everyone. 24/02/2012 16:09:37

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    • My grandparents had a sister with the name Kay and she lived in Stranton Street, Thornaby she was a sister of either my granddad or grandmother. My grandparents owned Sheldon and Pearson Sweet Factory in Thornaby.

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  5. My names is JAMES RICHARD KAY and my father’s name was JAMES SHELDON KAY. I am trying to find my family who, when I left the area over 40 years ago, had something to do with Sheldon & Pearson. I lost contact with the family. Could anyone please help me with this matter?24/02/2012 10:24:35

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  6. Sheldon & Pearson were not retail confectioners, but were manufacturers and wholesalers of boiled sweets and seaside rock, with a factory in Thornaby, and selling mainly in North Yorkshire and the Dales. My uncle William Mood married Dorothy Sheldon, and later became the Managing Director of Sheldon & Pearson.

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  7. I have the tin shown in the photo and also another Sheldon & Pearson round tin for NUTJOY. This is stated on the tin as ‘a rich super-toffee with the addition of choice hazelnuts’.

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  8. Other confectioners trading at the same time in Thornaby included – Barrowcliff ltd, 66 Mandale Road and Ralph Spark & sons Ltd, 48 Mandale Road.

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